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March 17 2010 Quilting Newsletter



HI HO, everyone, newsletter time again, and what a great week Iíve been having. Not as busy as last week thank goodness. Yesterday I had my first lesson in tatting!! Iíve ALWAYS wanted to tatt, and have unsuccessfully tried to teach myself on many occasions. But as luck would have it, I met a lovely lady Joan, last week at the Sisters of Stitch and she offered to show me how to tatt. So I attended a meeting of the Lace Makers and Iím hooked (or is that shuttled!). Iím all thumbs and have cut more that Iíve completed, but Iím getting the hang of it. Should only take another 4 decades to master it I think!!

Iím actually attending a weekend quilt workshop with tutor Kerry Glen, a New Zealand Quilter and business owner of Tulis Textiles where the most yummiest batik fabric can be found. (www.tulis.co.nz ). So Iím busy auditioning suitable fabric and getting ready. Itís been a long time since Iíve attended a class and Iím really looking forward to being the student instead of the teacher for a change. (Iíll have to be on my best behaviour and set a good example. LOL) Iíll bring you a photo of the result in next weekís newsletter.
Last Sunday I posted a lovely old poem called An Old Time Quilting Bee. I found this a long time ago and have always enjoyed reading it to other quilters. I hope you enjoy it. There is one very big chasm between this way of finding a partner and of our current internet dating culture donít you think? Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4829.asp

So onto my gifts for you this week. I found an especially interesting website while surfing last week. It happens to be an Aussie website, but itís a beauty and I thought you might like to have a peek. Itís not offering anything for free, but I love the stickers and Iím trying to decide which one Iím going to get for my car. Have a look, hereís the link:

http://www.cafepress.com.au/+quilting+bumper-stickers?page=2&topic=101226

Hereís some more little free gifts for you:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Blanket-or-pillow-You-decide/ great pattern for a blanket or pillow
http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/ love these dollies and the idea behind them
http://www.womenfolk.com/baby_quilts/scottiepattern.htm gorgeous scottie dogs

Well, friends, Iíd better be getting back to my preparations. I do hope this newsletter finds you and yours well and happy and for our northern hemisphere readers, enjoying the onset of spring in all itís glory.
Cheerio for now and remember, have fun quilting!!


Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
http://Quilting.bellaonline.com

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